Ken Kessler

Ken Kessler  |  Dec 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Doug MacLeod, Ruth Brown, The Minx Soundtrack, and Matthew Sweet
Ken Kessler  |  Dec 01, 2018  |  Published: Aug 01, 1985  |  0 comments
Ken Kessler investigates control units from Musical Fidelity and Deltec

By 1985 standards, preamps selling for between £500 and £1000 are thought of as 'upper mid-fi' and not really expected to match the standards of the Krell PAM-3/Audio Research SP-10 variety. But they should bring you close enough to the state-of-the-art that you have to think long and hard about justifying an expenditure of double their prices – or even more. Aah, diminishing returns...

Ken Kessler  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Eleanor Mcevoy, The Flying Burrito Bros, Glenn Frey, and Spirit.
Ken Kessler  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Buffalo Springfield, Paul Rodgers, Ultimate Spinach, and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Ken Kessler  |  Oct 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Supertramp, Gene Clark, Jethro Tull, and The Who.
Ken Kessler  |  Oct 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Michael Nesmith, John Butler, Carmen McRae, and Nina Simone.
Ken Kessler  |  Sep 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month, we review: Love, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Linda Ronstadt
Ken Kessler  |  Sep 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Slim Harpo, Lynyrd Skynyrd, A Sea For Yourself, and The Rising Storm.
Ken Kessler  |  Aug 01, 2018  |  0 comments
As one of Quad's longest-serving employees hangs up his soldering iron, Ken Kessler talks with Ken Bunting about a lifetime working on iconic kit

It was 15 years since I had interviewed Ken Bunting, in charge of Quad's service department, but back then it was to pick his brains about the company's history. Early this May, I had the privilege of repeating the interrogation, on the occasion of Ken's retirement. Off to the wilds of Cambridge, where I found him on his last day, in a busy-as-ever service area with everything from Quad ESL63s to valve units being repaired – contrary to any rumours or worries that the company had abandoned its legendary back-up division.

Ken Kessler  |  Dec 10, 2010  |  0 comments
If you’re bemused by the current obsession with ‘the American Songbook’ – even the BBC got in on the act with a week of specials devoted to it – this is an ideal time to hear one of the finest practitioners of the genre, before it became retro-cool. Ms Lee, arguably one of the half-dozen or so finest female popular music vocalists of the 20th Century, sexily slides through a dozen lesser-known gems, including her politically-incorrect composition which provides this LP with its utterly non-contemporary title. But stuff that: this is an album to play after you’ve run out of Mad Men DVDs, when you long for a time when men were men and women didn’t mind it. Sound Quality: 85% .

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